USDA faces pressure to implement farm bill heirs' property provisions
The 2018 farm bill included provisions that advocates described as the most substantive step the federal government has taken to address heirs’ property, a type of ownership that has led numerous black Americans to lose their land. But eight months after President Donald Trump signed the farm bill into law, the heirs’ property provisions have yet to take effect. One of the provisions, which authorizes tens of millions of dollars for a federal loan program, has been held up by appropriations gridlock on Capitol Hill. The other, which makes it easier for producers operating on heirs’ property to register for a farm number, depends on the Agriculture Department to implement it.